No-one likes to think about death or falling ill – but it’s important to plan for the future.
Estate planning is simply the process of planning ahead to make sure your financial, medical and lifestyle affairs are in place when you pass away or become sick and can no longer manage them yourself. Having a valid up-to-date Will is a good place to start but it’s just the beginning. A comprehensive estate plan is so much more.
Through your estate plan you can:
Having an estate plan ensures that the wealth you have worked hard to build is protected. It reduces the stress on you and your loved ones by ensuring that you will be looked after during your lifetime and that your assets will be distributed smoothly, tax-effectively and according to your wishes. You don’t have to be wealthy to have an estate plan. You also don’t have to wait until you’re older to get your estate affairs in order.
A financial planner can assist with setting up an estate plan, ensuring you have a valid Will, other important legal documents and appropriate personal insurance. They can also help you determine the most financially and tax-effective way to distribute your assets when you pass away.
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This is general advice only and has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situation and needs. Before making an investment decision based on this information, you should assess your own circumstances or consult a financial planner. In referring customers to Bridges, Australian Mutual Bank does not accept liability or responsibility for any act or omission or advice provided by Bridges or its authorised representatives.